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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Christmas Time ended with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Monday, January 8, and now we enter “Ordinary Time,” a time to reflect on the life of Jesus and commit ourselves to following Him. Appropriately, then, the theme of today’s Scripture readings is God’s invitation and our response.

The First Reading tells the story of young Samuel who was serving in the Israelite sanctuary in Shiloh under the priest, Eli. During the night, Samuel was sleeping in the temple when he heard someone call, “Samuel!” He ran to Eli saying, “Here I am,” but Eli had not called him. Three times Samuel heard the voice, until Eli realized that God was calling his servant. He instructed Samuel to respond, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” From that time, we are told, God was with Samuel, making all of His words effective.

Today’s Gospel invites us to reflect on another calling—that of Jesus’ disciples. In this call story it is John the Baptist who helps two of his own disciples recognize the Lord. When they go to Jesus, he initiates the encounter by asking, “What are you looking for?”—a key question for any seeker. Their response—”Where are you staying?”—has profound implications. The Greek word menein means “to remain” or “to stay with,” and in John’s Gospel it also describes the divine dwelling within a person, like the relationship that Jesus has with the Father (see John 14:9-11; 15:4). The seeking and finding theme is also important here. Like those who seek Lady Wisdom in the Old Testament books of Wisdom and Proverbs, those who seek Jesus will find Him and become one with Him as He is one with the Father.  At Home with the Word.

In His love and mine,

Fr. Ken

 

In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.

 

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